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About the food additive E406

24 September 2023

The food supplement agar-agar is made from brown and red seaweed obtained in the Black Sea, White Sea and Pacific Ocean. Agar-agar has a wide range of applications in various industries: food, pharmaceutical, chemical and other types of industries.

All over the world agar-agar is approved for use in the food industry. It was assigned the number E406.

The physicochemical properties of agar-agar are coagulability, stability, and it forms a complex with certain materials. It can be used as a highly effective thickener, coagulant, suspending agent, emulsifier, preservative and stabilizer.

Agar-agar is used to gel many foods. It is often used instead of gelatin, due to its neutral smell and taste, which allows it to be added to a variety of food products: drinks, jellies, ice cream, cakes, candies, canned food, meat products (jellied meat, aspic), soups, sauces, etc. In addition, Agar-agar, compared to gelatin, is more stable under temperature changes, remains solid at high temperatures, and does not require refrigeration to harden.

Agar-agar is insoluble in cold water and soluble in hot water above 90°C: a clear, somewhat viscous solution is obtained. After cooling it to 35-40°C, it becomes a dense gel-like mass, which can be reheated, melted and cooled.

In the chemical industry and medical research, agar-agar can be used as a medium, ointment base and other purposes.

Agar-agar is a hydrophilic colloid, can be in the form of powder or plates. The powder form makes it easy to regulate the dosage.

Agar-agar has a unique industrial value. Agar-agar is characterized by excellent gelling properties: even if the concentration of agar is only 1%, it can still form a stable gel, so it is a raw material necessary for the food industry, chemical industry and medical scientific research.

Agar-agar is beneficial for human health. It is rich in vitamins (iodine, calcium, iron, etc.), mineral salts, polysaccharides, agaropectin, agarose, pentose galactose and acids (pyruvic and glucoronic). It has zero calories. The food supplement agar-agar removes harmful substances from the liver, as well as toxins and waste from the body.

Shelf life: 2 years

Standard packaging: 25 kg polypropylene bags on pallets

Country of manufacture: China

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